Cypriot media is reporting that Sandro, who had been selected to represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2020, will not compete in Eurovision 2021.
According to Cypriot magazine Tv Mania, CyBC has decided that Cyprus will be represented next yeear either by a well-known artist in Cyprus and Greece or by an artist of Cypriot origin. They also reported that any decision for Sandro concerned only 2019.
The issue on whether to select Sandro again was recently discussed at a CyBC Board of Directors meeting. According to local media, it is planned that Cyprus will internally select their entrant for Eurovision 2021 in collaboration with a record company. Cyprus would become the seventh country (alongside Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden) to not automatically send their 2020 entrant to the 2021 contest.
Neither CyBC nor Sandro have made an official statement regarding participation in Eurovision 2021 as of yet.
Sandro was due to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam with the song “Running”.
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result in the contest comes from their 2018 entrant Eleni Foureira, who placed 2nd with her song “Fuego”. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties, but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.